Name that 90's dystopian YA novel
September 4, 2017 9:03 AM   Subscribe

I'm looking for a book I remember reading in middle school. It was fairly horrific dystopian YA set in the future, about two teens (both boys I think?) who go to... a summer camp, maybe? Of course it turns out to be more of a murder camp... Graphic details below the fold.

What I remember most clearly is a scene where either both teens witness or one teen describes seeing a group of teenage boys being drowned by being herded into a cage and submerged. It's pretty awful.
I think the main character has a sinister little sister who is trying to make sure that he's selected to die so that she can live? There might be a population control element in here.
I probably read this in sixth grade, meaning it was written before 1995.
I have no memory of the cover or author.
I'm pretty sure this is NOT The Grounding of Group 6, but it could be another Julian F Thompson novel, I can't find enough information to be sure. Maybe A Question of Survival?
posted by Adridne to Media & Arts (4 answers total)
Smart Rats by Thomas Baird?
posted by d. z. wang at 11:06 AM on September 4, 2017

Response by poster: That might be it, I'm not sure from the description.
posted by Adridne at 3:06 PM on September 4, 2017

The butterfly revolution by William butler?
posted by Valancy Rachel at 3:56 PM on September 4, 2017

Response by poster: I don't think it's The Butterfly Revolution, after reading the synopsis on Wikipedia. The book I'm thinking of definitely has organized mass murder of teenagers by adults in it.
posted by Adridne at 5:16 PM on September 4, 2017

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